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Simulated Class: Epic Love, Lust, and Loss

Monday, October 18, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Location: Virtual

Join us for a simulated class. Don't worry--there won't be any tests! Tonight's course: Most human beings want and seek romantic love, but is it worth the risks of heartache if love is uncertain, stigma if society disapproves, and heartbreak when love is lost? For answers, this course turns to selections from classical epics, whose myths about Greek and Roman love goddesses and the mortals whom they grace illustrate the power of first love, the discomfort of unconventional attraction, the danger of infidelity, and the promise of reconciliation. To explore how these themes have been treated in the wider world, the course features resources from the Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, the National Gallery of Art, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Consultations of these resources complement other course work, which includes class discussions of the diverse perspectives represented by the assigned readings, essays exploring the mythic lovers' motivations, and responses to the writings of modern and postmodern critics seeking to extend the classical canon that covers epic texts. Live captioning of this presentation will be available to those that need it and can be accessed by using the following link: